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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 30, 2007 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Happy Birthday Eric

Mr. Clapton is 62 today.

This is not for sale anymore, but I'm sure taking up a prominent spot in somebody's curio cabinet.

http://cgi.ebay.com/JERRY-GARCIA-ERIC-CLAPTON-BEST-FRIENDS-AUTOGRAPHED_W0QQitemZ190097205882QQcategoryZ61QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

And just in case you hadn't heard about this one yet and you'll be in or near Chicago in late July, this show just might be significantly entertaining.

March 22, 2007
Eric Clapton Announces 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival to Be Held in Chicago
Press release
Source: Where's Eric

Credited throughout his career with creating super sounds in super groups, the ultimate Clapton collaboration will take place July 28, 2007 when he gathers the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an incredible full day musical event. Announced today, the second Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for July 28, 2007 at Toyota Park in Chicago, will be a cornerstone of this year's summer music festival season. Profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.
Since its inception, Clapton's vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and jam together for the benefit of a good cause. This year's Festival will feature a full day of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new, from BB King to John Mayer (anticipated guest list below). The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmarks of these performers.

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a 2-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world's top-selling music DVD's, recently achieving the 8x platinum mark in the United States alone.

"The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage," said Clapton. "The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."

Additional Festival artists and elements to be announced shortly.

Ticket Sales Information
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 31 at 10am Central Time (11am EST) via www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster phone charge at 312-559-1950 or Ticketmaster retail outlets. Both reserved and general admission tickets will be available for this event. All tickets will be priced at $90 plus applicable ticketing/service charges. The ticket price includes parking for the day and the concert begins at NOON.

About Toyota Park
Conveniently located just 15 minutes southwest of Downtown Chicago (at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview), Toyota Park (www.toyotapark.com) is Chicagoland's newest and most exciting outdoor concert facility.

Current Artist Listing (Confirmed)
Jeff Beck
Doyle Bramhall II
Eric Clapton
Robert Cray
Sheryl Crow
Vince Gill
Buddy Guy
BB King
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Sonny Landreth
Albert Lee
Los Lobos
John Mayer
John McLaughlin
Willie Nelson
Robert Randolph
Hubert Sumlin
Derek Trucks
Jimmie Vaughan
Steve Winwood

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Poster: buscameby Date: Mar 30, 2007 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

My wife got me the dvd of the first one in 94'. there are some exceptional cuts on there-- Highly recommended for those who buy such things or can find some one to borrow it from.

Happy Bday E C

my first concert ever was EC and Carlos with a hit of purple barrel. It set me on the path of Live music!


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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 30, 2007 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

An auspicious beginning. Mine was the Dead and The Who with a sugar cube.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Mar 30, 2007 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

Very NICE! was that 76'?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 30, 2007 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

October 10th of that year.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Mar 30, 2007 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

what an...(searching for the right word)...*interesting* list of artists.

so many legends...BUT...um...Sheryl Crow? Vince Gill? kinda stick out like sore thumbs. I would say the same for John Mayer, but I understand his bluesy stuff is pretty good. I lost all respect for him, though, when he got involved with Jessica Simpson. And then tried to write a deep love song about her.

Still, I bet that ticket price is worth every penny.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 30, 2007 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

Sheryl and Eric have been close for years, even romantically linked for a little while. And despite whatever image he possibly has among those who might not know his music really well, Vince Gill is a genuine player. Mayer's radio hits are generally vanilla-flavored, but he can really kick out some strong blues when he wants. As far as he and Jessica Simpson are concerned, that's their business. She's got big pretty eyes and a figure to match, so it's not hard to see how he could be attracted to her.

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Mar 30, 2007 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

Vince Gill is a fabulously talented and widely respected singer and multi-instrumentalist, but much of his solo work is clearly over-produced. His country-rock recordings with Pure Prairie League also suffer from production issues, but there's some good songs there. The man's roots run deep. I'd recommend checking out his work in Ricky Skaggs' early bluegrass band Boone Creek or the bluegrass outfit Here Today that also features Herb Pederson and David Grisman. There was also a time when Mark Knopfler tried to recruit Vince Gill to play in Dire Straits! I've got loads of respect for the man, just never been able to get into his solo studio work.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 30, 2007 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Eric

Pure Prairie League-that is correct! Slipped my mind.